This year’s North American Baptist Fellowship Annual Meeting will be hosted in Falls Church, VA at the BWA Headquarters.
We are excited to be able to gather in person after two years, but will also be offering the option of virtual attendance. Join us for fellowship, inspiring conversation, networking opportunities and many ways to offer and receive support from one another. At the end of our time we will also host our annual business meeting.
WHEN: October 24 & 25, 2022
WHERE: in person at Falls Church, VA (BWA Headquarters)
COST: The event is free, but you must register to participate.
There is no cost to join in this year’s meeting, but in order to attend you need to register:
- REGISTER NOW: https://forms.gle/o6NsZcxhdiUKqD1P8
- Registration is required for both virtual and in-person attendance.
Details about the event, including hotel packages, schedules, etc. will be shared via email to those who register.
If you have questions about the gathering, or about the NABF, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To contribute to the Annual Meeting, the work of the NABF and our work with Disaster Relief Coordination, follow the link to our Donate page. Download a poster for the event here. We look forward to seeing you there!
The theme for this year’s meeting is HOPE. We will be exploring what it means to find Hope in three specific areas: Church Revitalization, Creation Care, and Mental Health.
Day One: Speakers
We are thrilled to share with you our list of speakers for this year’s Annual Meeting.
- Church Revitalization:
- Rev. Dr. Jonathan L Smith is the Director of Church Health Strategy for the Texas Baptists. In this role he works to encourage, equip and coach pastors and congregations within the Texas Baptists in all aspects of church health, growth, and leadership development. He also hosts Re:Vision, a podcast about church health and growth.
- Rev. Dr. Daynette Snead Perez is currently the Domestic Disaster Response Manager with CBF, and CEO and President of DIASPRA, an intercultural ministry focused on equipping churches in building new relationships with their own communities. She engages the work of disaster response and intercultural ministry as opportunities for transformational change within the body of Christ.
- Creation Care:
- Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist, Chief Scientist for The Nature Conservancy, and Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished Professor at Texas Tech University. She is the author of Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World. She can often be found talking with fellow Christians about why climate change matters and what we can do to fix it.
- Mental Health:
- Rev. Daniel Whitehead is the CEO of Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries, an international charity organization whose mission is to resource communities of faith to raise awareness, reduce stigma, support mental health, and promote mental wellbeing. Daniel has over ten years of experience in full time vocational church ministry.
- Rev. Jevon Billups is the Mental Health Coordinator for the District of Columbia Baptist Convention. He is a widely respected instructor in Mental Health First Aid throughout the mid-Atlantic US, and has worked with the Roman Catholic Church, local schools, and fire companies. As a local pastor he has a deep love of God, and a commitment to mental and holistic health.
On day one we will also host our annual Business Meeting.
A number of exciting opportunities are available on day two of the Annual Meeting. These include:
- NABF Networking Groups:
- Creation Care: facilitated by Katherine Smith, founder of the Baptist Creation Care Initiative, join with other passionate individuals who are working to care for God’s creation in their constituencies from across the US and Canada.
- Disaster Relief: along with James Barbour, NABF Disaster Relief Coordinator, connect with those working in Disaster Relief and Recovery to share ideas and hear what others have been up to.
- Scholars Collaboration: join our active and thoughtful group of NABF scholars and theologians in conversation, led by Dr. Derek Hatch.
- Grant-writing Session: join national expert Stephen Broyles to hear why effective grant writing can help your church or organization, and receive knowledgeable answers for your grant-writing questions.
- Mental Health Training: sign up for a full day (6 hour) course to receive nationally recognized training in Mental Health First Aid with the previous day’s speaker Jevon Billups. *Note that in order to attend this course you will need to register two weeks in advance.
All of these gatherings will be available in person and virtually. Times to be confirmed.